13th July 2009
Texas politician calls for inquest into gay sailor’s death 8
6:12 PM — US representative Sheila Jackson Lee has called for an inquest into the "bizarre" death of sailor August Provost. Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead earlier this month at Camp Pendleton in Southern California.
New York senator reportedly considering moratorium on military gay ban 2
5:39 PM — New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand is reportedly considering an amendment which would place an 18-month moratorium on the discharges of gay military personnel.
Archbishop of Canterbury expresses ‘regret’ over move to ordain gay bishops 29
3:47 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has spoken of his regret over a vote which called to reject a moratorium on gay bishops.
10th July 2009
Mother of boy who committed suicide after gay bullying urges Congress to take action 7
1:32 PM — The mother of Carl Hoover-Walker, the 11-year-old Massachusetts boy who hung himself after homophobic abuse from bullies, has pleaded with Congress to do more to tackle the problem.
Gay men ejected from Texas restaurant for kissing 50
11:34 AM — Five men who were kicked out of an El Paso restaurant say they were forced out because they are gay. Shortly after ordering a meal on June 26th, security staff allegedly ordered the group to leave after two of the men kissed.
9th July 2009
Massachusetts challenges Defence of Marriage Act 1
3:37 PM — Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit that argues the Defence of Marriage Act violates the US constitution by interfering with the right of states to define the marriage status of their own residents.
Maine gay marriage opponents collect enough signatures to get issue on November ballot 17
1:57 PM — Gay marriage opponents in Maine say they have already collected enough signatures opposing the new law to get the issue on the November ballot.
8th July 2009
Technical issues mean 2010 US census may not count gay married couples 5
5:29 PM — The US census scheduled for next year may not be able to count gay married couples due to technical issues in collecting data.
Massachusetts senator reveals he’s gay 8
4:42 PM — Massachusetts senator Stan Rosenberg has revealed he is gay in an Independence Day editorial. Writing in the Daily Hampshire Gazette last weekend, he quietly revealed his sexuality about halfway down his column.
Calgary minister ‘stripped of responsibility’ after funding Pride event 6
2:21 PM — The Toronto tourism minister has reportedly been stripped of her responsibility for a major funding programme because she granted financial support for the city's annual Pride week.
7th July 2009
Out-of-state gay marriages become legal in DC 1
5:27 PM — A law allowing the recognition of gay marriages performed in other states has come into effect in Washington DC today.
6th July 2009
Mainstream comic world gets first gay kiss 18
4:48 PM — An X-Men-related comic book is the first mainstream title to feature a gay kiss. X-Factor's 45th issue shows characters Rictor and the previously-possessed Shatterstar sharing a kiss after years of sexual tension and ambiguity.
‘God Hates Fags’ church to picket Michael Jackson’s funeral 30
12:08 PM — Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who blame homosexuality for the world's ills, have said they will picket the funeral of Michael Jackson.
Colin Powell: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should be reviewed’ 8
11:46 AM — Former US secretary of state and joint chiefs of staff chairman Colin Powell has said the military gay ban should be reviewed. He had previously supported the policy.
2nd July 2009
Gay US sailor found dead after alleged harassment 4
6:59 PM — A gay US Navy sailor who was found dead had been harassed by another person, his family said this week. Seaman August Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead early on Tuesday morning at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. He joined the Navy in March 2008.
1st July 2009
US government formally apologises to fired gay astronomer 4
4:55 PM — A gay astronomer who was fired for his sexuality in 1957 has finally received a formal apology from the US government.
Obama tells gay activists: ‘Judge me by the promises I keep’ 11
12:33 PM — US president Barack Obama has addressed accusations he has been slow to keep his promises on gay rights.
Military board calls for gay soldier to be discharged 7
9:59 AM — A Syrcause military board has said that Lieutenant Dan Choi, who came out on national television, should be discharged for breaking the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law.
30th June 2009
Fired gay soldier Dan Choi to appear in military court today 4
3:22 PM — Dan Choi, a former lieutenant in the New York Army National Guard, was due to appear at military court this morning at 8am to face charges for violating the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy regarding gay service men and women's requirement to keep their sexuality a secret.
Black men at higher risk of HIV 25
2:58 PM — Research has suggested that black men have an increased risk of HIV due to having fewer partners to choose from.